Danville school district explores options for warehouse

DANVILLE – Danville school officials are still mulling over a possible new location for the district's warehouse operations.

Art and soul on display at Black History Month Cultural Festival

URBANA – Just a few minutes before their step performance, Kenny Patton and Terrell Wyms check out the crowd in the Urbana High School Commons.

Hundreds of people fill the room, the heat rising from the crowd, as they gather around booths and tables. "It's kind of a shocker to me," said Wyms, a freshman at UHS, of their soon-to-be-audience.

King School temporarily locked down on Wednesday

URBANA – Things are back to normal today at King School in Urbana after a temporary, precautionary lock-down Wednesday.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said they received "very sketchy" information from two sources about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday that a person wanted for murder in Chicago was hiding at a house in the 1000 block of Berkley Avenue in Urbana.

GCMS safety program earns another honor

GIBSON CITY – Promoting teen driving safety doesn't stop at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School just because they recently won more national recognition for their efforts.

In fact, it keeps growing.

Unit 7 officials OK cost-cutting measures

TOLONO – The Unit 7 school board agreed to cost-saving measures Wednesday in buying less expensive security video surveillance equipment and paying for substitute teacher background checks.

An earlier bid of $10,000 for two video cameras from a Decatur company has been dropped to pursue a bid from EP Computers in Champaign for a complete surveillance system, including 17 cameras that will cover the entire Unity junior-senior high school campus. EP Computer's bid is $7,625.

UI team takes top honors in national accounting competition

CHAMPAIGN – The second time proved a charm.

Last year, a team of University of Illinois accounting students reached the finals of PricewaterhouseCoopers' xTREME Accounting competition. This year, a UI team won the whole thing.

Author: Focus on waste should shift back to manufacturing

CHAMPAIGN – So you recycle your cans, plastic and paper waste. You take your reusable cloth bags to the grocery store, instead of getting plastic bags for your groceries.

It's a good start.

"It matters what we do. It matters that we take our bags to the grocery store. But that's not enough," said Heather Rogers, an author and filmmaker who writes about environmental issues and mass consumption.

Recycling deals with waste after it's been made, she said, but she is calling for deeper changes that start with looking at what is manufactured.

Westville educators praise new online testing service

WESTVILLE – School administrators had unanimous praise Wednesday for the online testing service that Westville schools began using this school year.

In 2008, Westville school board members approved a one-year agreement with the North West Evaluation Association of Lake Oswego, Ore., to provide online testing to kindergarten through 10th-grade students three times per school year to gauge their understanding and abilities in math and reading.

Danville school board promotes human resources director

DANVILLE – As Danville schools human resources director, Dianna Kirk often is the person who gets to tells successful job candidates that they have been hired.

NAACP president discusses new rights mission in visit to UI

URBANA – The first and only class that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta drew just eight students.

Civil rights veteran Julian Bond, the current chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was one of them.

And on Wednesday night, Bond, 69, drew a few hundred students to the University of Illinois' Alice Campbell Alumni Center during the last of a series of public interviews with black leaders as part of a collaboration between the University of Illinois and The History Makers, an oral archive project based in Chicago.